by Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.

After much pain and consternation, the confrontation over a government shutdown is now over. Temporarily.

Yesterday, President Trump announced a deal that would reopen the government for three weeks, allow furloughed workers to be paid, and restore some of the not-so-non-essential personnel, like TSA workers, to real-time compensation status. By the end of the day, Congress passed a bill to implement the deal, and the wheels were set in motion for the restoration of a precarious state of normalcy within our federal government.

Most notably, of course, the deal did not include money for wall funding.

Yes, the President blinked yesterday. For all his bravado, for all his claims to never lose, for all his toughness and snide remarks on Twitter, the President capitulated yesterday, giving up — at least temporarily — one of the most powerful bargaining chips in his possession. Now, the real question is, what will the Democrats do?

Clearly, the Democrats’ position in the confrontation has been insupportable. According to them, the presence of a wall at key locations throughout our border is “immoral;” ICE needs to be defunded; and it is best for humanity if people are allowed to cross from one nation to the next without restriction and without accountability. For Democrats, the global human population represents a blob of amorphous protoplasm free to flow across the continents according to the relative attractiveness of the various milieus even if the end result is to destroy the new location where it chooses to reside.

Of course, the Democrats’ position is nonsensical. Yes, it represents emotion-laden fodder for its liberal wing, but it is irreconcilably incompatible with a nation’s continued existence. So now that the Democrats have moved from a position of being a relatively powerless minority in Congress to being in a position to grind the legislative wheels to a halt if it does not get its way. What will they do next?

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi are childishly gloating over their ostensible defeat of the President. According to Schumer, he hopes this is a moment that has taught the President a lesson. But once the Speaker and he come down from their celebratory high, they will still be faced with the challenge of solving the issue of border security in the face of another round of largely ineligible asylum seekers making their way to the southern border.

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The fact is that the plan the President proposed, the same plan the Democrats resoundingly rejected — one that allots $805 million for technology, canines, and personnel to help stop the flow of illegal drugs, weapons and other contraband; $675 million for drug-detection inspection technology to help secure our ports of entry; $130 million for canine units, training, personnel and portable scanners to help deter and detect smuggled narcotics, weapons, and other dangerous materials coming across the border; $800 million in humanitarian assistance, medical support, and new temporary housing for immigrants; $782 million to hire an additional 2,750 border agents, law enforcement officers, and staff for added border security; $563 million to support our immigration court system including hiring 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the immigration court backlog of 800,000 cases; enhancement of the nation’s visa monitoring and enforcement assets; and some form of residency provision for DACA recipients that does not include a path to citizenship — is pretty close to the final answer.

And of course, the President is right, regardless of the other components: Any final product must include the erection of walls spanning critical junctures of America’s southern border.

One thing that has materialized from the last few months of zealous discussion is the materialization of a permanent solution to border security. That path is now well defined. The real question is whether the Democrats can stomach going back on their false assertions and support the same components they so recently and hypocritically dismissed.

Personally, I think they can’t.

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and served in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through to arrange a lecture or book signing.

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(The Author acknowledges the work of David Kopel and Vincent Harinam, cited below, on which the Author relied heavily.)

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8 thoughts on “Trump Blinks. Now What Will Democrats Do?

  • January 26, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Another betrayal by the President. They do whatever they want. President Trump & his whole Administration appear helpless. The American people voted for a change, which Trump promised to institute with his policies. They are being frustrated, betrayed & disenfranchised by improper application of process.

    We, the people don’t count. The electoral process has been over ridden, neutered and cancelled out by the courts, the bureaucrats, the media, Congress & both political parties all of whom serve special interests & not the American people. The constitutional contract has now been broken. We owe this government no fealty. It no longer has any legitimate authority.

    Unfortunately & through no fault of his own, President Trump has now become irrelevant whether, or not he realizes it. No amount of stadium rallies, or tweets no amount of marketing, or media manipulation will be able to change it.

    It is not the fault, or responsibility of the people that the President doesn’t understand the nature of the struggle, or the strategy behind the tyranny confronting the nation. It is not the fault of the people who voted for and supported him, if he can not, or will not respond effectively. I for one, will not be bound to his inability, inadequacies & incompetence by blind loyalty.

    President Trump is a good man who has begun many necessary and purposeful things. Unfortunately, they are all for naught as they will be undone, even as they are now thwarted. It would appear his real life, executive experience didn’t adequately prepare him to bridge the gap between being a good man with a vision of what needs doing, to being a great man actually able to execute and accomplish it. # So sad; too bad.

  • January 26, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Trump didn’t blink, he played a gambit and has the Dunmbocrats right where he wanted them, exposing them for the feckless, US-hating traitors they are. He pulls that dimwit party around by the ring in its nose. See what happens in 21 days if he doesn’t get his funding.

  • January 26, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I have a different perspective based on my personal view.

    I never, ever thought of “Build That Wall” in the literal sense, as progs do (once again taking Trump literally and not seriously.) I have always thought of that phrase proverbially. To me, and most I know, “Build That Wall” meant securing the border from illegals crossing it by the most effective means possible. Certainly, that means a lot more border wall, but not just a border wall. It also, more importantly, means the political WILL to stop illegals. Really, this is the fulcrum of the argument. The left has *zero* political will to stop illegal immigration because they see these interlopers as future progressive voters, especially when illegals understand they depend on Donks for their Free Cheese.

    But let us look at the Big Picture: Before Trump escalated down Trump Tower and announced his candidacy, one point was southern border security. The Normals glommed onto this plank as a major reason to support Trump, myself included. Before Trump and since Ronaldo Magnum EVERY POTUS just gave political lip service to illegal immigration: all tough talk followed by feckless action, whether Poppy Bush, Billy Priapus, Dubya or Dear Leader. There is ample video evidence and legislation to verify my point.

    Enter Trump. He is not a politician. He is a business guy in a tough industry with a record of actions and results. And he not only talked tough on illegal immigration; he has pushed “The Wall” with vigor, not backing down.

    But since he is Trump and since he has been kicking GOPe prog butt since Low Energy Jeb, Little Marco, Lyin’ Ted and Crooked Hillary, progs have dug in: if Trump wants something, they will be against it. They cannot tolerate more Trump wins, and have the entire MSM and Deep State—as well as Mueller—backing them up.

    So be it.

    But what I see it this:

    1) Trump has once again highlighted a real problem: decades of bad immigration policy and poor border control. We sorta kinda knew it but not as vigorously as Trump has defined it.

    2) Through these discussions, pushed by Trump, the population now knows more about the border situation than at any time in US history. We even know what specific steel is more difficult to saw through, and what size aggregate makes a stronger concrete barrier. We know about tunnels, and how badly one can get hurt falling off a ladder of 30′. We didn’t know any of this before. We have a massive database, for better or worse, of all manner of immigration data and crime stats we can access. Now everyone is a Rage Googling “expert.” Americans are finally becoming more educated beyond political hackery. This is all new.

    3) Trump has pushed The Wall to the limit: a showdown between patriots and lovers of pre-Democrats, to where “non-essential” federal workers are missing paychecks and screaming loudly. Progs don’t care as long as they get to blame their political enemy. Hell, their leaders go on Caribbean and European/Middle East vacations instead of working for a solution. 100% politics. They cannot afford a Trump “win.” They are desperate.

    4) The sides agree to a short-term, temporary compromise that a) gets “non-essential” federal workers a paycheck or two, and (MOST IMPORTANT) forms a “committee” of elected officials, administration experts and outside consultant/”experts” to define exactly the most effective border security methods that will stop the flow of illegal gatecrashers.

    I don’t know how long this “committee” will take to compile their report. I hope weeks and not years. I will predict that whatever the committee comes up with progs will not accept it…because they really do not want to stop the flow of illegals.

    5) And therein lies the “win”: Trump can legitimately say that progs will not accept the expert opinions and make them look politically bad. He is calling them out for NOT WANTING ENHANCED BORDER SECURITY using a committee of “experts” as the standard. That will not play at all well with Normal Americans. And if/when Trump pulls the “emergency” card to build “The Wall” the people will have his back.

    So go ahead, progs, strut your best “Trump Loses” stuff. But at the end of the day, the US southern border will be vastly more secure and immigration, in general, will have better security. No matter what, the flow of illegals, barring direct intervention by progs, will be vastly slowed down.

    It’s called The Long Game. And history will view Trump positively on the results of his strategery.

    Battles are not wars. And winning wars is all that matters.

    I would suggest reading Art of the Deal, because some are falling for one of Trump’s Prime Negotiating Strategies: Ask Big, then negotiate for what you really want.

    • January 27, 2019 at 7:37 am

      I agree with most of your analysis. History will show Trump’s contribution to American exceptionalism until the de-constructors change the facts to diminish Trump further. Such is what America has become. I believe we the people who elect these politicians to their offices must do a better job at hiring and firing them.

  • January 26, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Trump didn’t blink. This is all part of his plan.

  • January 27, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    This is a simple matter of leading from behind. He is allowing them to make the bed they have to sleep in come 2020. The wall will go forward in a few weeks by executive action. He will have what he needs to win the next election and once that is secured and he is free from it’s influence he will start the dismantling the Deep State, putting people in jail and ending our dependance on the Federal Reserve.

    • January 28, 2019 at 7:38 am

      What the president should do is begin a serious investigation into the corruption of the obstructionists of border security, regardless of party affiliation. At least one of these Benedict Arnold impersonators may be taking bribes from the drug cartels, human traffickers and MS13 gangsters. After all, the Obama/Clinton destruction machine began their crusade with much less probable cause in the “Russian collusion ” travesty. By their vehement protestations, the anti-security proponents have at least the appearance of doing the dirty work of keeping the border porous for these criminals. This may be the real story behind all the faux righteous indignation with which the Democrats have been bluffing.

  • January 28, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Our smoke and mirrors government within Washington continues unimpeded and a majority of voters will never understand what’s going on. This nation is on a path into the NWO/OWO and it will not stop without a revolution and even that is questionable at this point. JFK was killed by our government in the 60’s because he was going to spill the beans and at that time the government began to segregate us rather than unite this nation as we were during WWII.


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